Our Staff

Our Treatment and Research Team

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Faculty

David H. Barlow, Ph.D., ABPP

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Dr. Barlow is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 575 articles and chapters and over 75 books mostly in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

For more information, visit:Dr. Barlow’s CARD website

Todd J. Farchione, Ph.D.

Dr. Farchione is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boston University. He currently directs the Intensive Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). While at CARD, he has achieved the prestigious title of Master Clinician, which is awarded only to those with years of clinical experience and superior supervisory skills. His research focuses on understanding emotion regulation processes, identifying mechanisms of change in treatment, and on developing new preventative measures and improved treatments for emotional disorders. Dr. Farchione teaches, guest lectures, and conducts professional training workshops on the nature and treatment of emotional disorders and has been recognized for his dedication to improving training of clinicians and dissemination of empirically supported treatments.

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D.

Shannon_resizedDr. Sauer-Zavala received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University, focusing on cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and borderline personality disorder. Currently, Dr. Sauer-Zavala is a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University; her work is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms and using this information to develop more targeted, easily-disseminated intervention strategies.

Graduate Students

Hannah Boettcher, M. A.

Hannah_resizedHannah is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University. Her research interests include transdiagnostic vulnerabilities for emotional disorders, mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral interventions, and dissemination of empirically supported treatments. Hannah’s experience is focused in social anxiety, and she is also interested in the effects of mental health treatment on quality of life. As an undergraduate, Hannah was a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at Brown University and worked as a mental health advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

 Amantia Ametaj, M. A.

Amantia is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include mechanisms of actions for emotional disorders, treatment resistant populations, health psychology, and the etiology of mental health disorders. Amantia graduated from Boston University with a degree in psychology and history and worked as research assistant in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab prior to beginning graduate school.

Clair Cassiello, M. A.

Clair_resizedClair is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include treatment of co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders, treatment of impulsive behavior and violent behavior, and the dissemination of evidence based treatments. She is also interested in impulsivity as a transdiagnostic factor across psychopathologies. Prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Clair received her B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College and worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Depression Clinical and Research Program.

Julianne Wilner, B. A.

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Julianne is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include the development and implementation of transdiagnostic, cognitive-behavioral treatments of anxiety and mood disorders. She is also interested in the role of emotion-focused mechanisms in emotional disorders, particularly in co-morbid anxiety and borderline personality disorder. Julianne received her B.A. in psychology from Boston University and worked as a clinical research coordinator in Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

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